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Vocal Development

Vocal development is a process that benefits both expressive speaking and singing. Children begin by exploring vocal sounds, such as sounds from the environment or animal sounds. Gradually, they learn to match and produce specific pitches. In Young Musician classes we introduce a rich and varied repertoire of songs, both for singing and for listening. We specifically choose some songs with a limited range based on the pentatonic scale; the tones of this scale are the easiest for our young singers to hear and sing, starting with the most fundamental and easiest interval to produce: sol-mi. When they progress into our Superstars class, we take this a step further by singing choral songs with an extended range. They must learn to listen to their classmates and produce a tone appropriate for their range. Our students have the opportunity to grow into competent singers by singing these carefully chosen songs.